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Appendix B - page 2
What did Masters say about: Karma (and Reincarnation)?
(Some of these quotes refer to Karma, and some to Reincarnation or both.)
(Jesus sometimes referred to karma, as "the law of recompense.")
Karma, reference #1:
[AG 100:8-11, Jesus]
"Man is himself the field; his deeds are seeds, and what he does to others grows apace; the harvest time is sure. Behold the yield! If he has sown the wind, he reaps the wind; if he has sown the noxious seeds of scandal, theft and hate; of sensuality and crime, the harvest time is assured and he must reap what he has sown; yea, more; the seeds produce an hundred fold. The fruit of righteousness and peace and love and joy never spring from noxious seeds; the fruit is like the seed."
Karma, reference #2:
Peter observed a man who was known to have been blind from birth, and he inquired of the Lord: "If disease and imperfections all are caused by sin, who was the sinner in this case? the parents or the man himself?"
And Jesus replied:
[AG 138:4-12, Jesus]
"Afflictions are all partial payments on a debt, or debts, that have been made. There is a law of recompense that never fails, and it is summarized in that true rule of life: whatsoever man shall do to any other man some other man will do to him...he who shall injure any one in thought, or word, or deed, is judged a debtor to the law, and some one else shall, likewise, injure him in thought, or word or deed.
"And he who sheds the blood of any man will come upon a time when his blood shall be shed by man. Affliction is a prison cell in which a man must stay until he pays his debts unless a master sets him free that he may have a better chance to pay his debts. Affliction is a certain sign that one has debts to pay.
"Behold this man! Once in another life he was a cruel man, and in a cruel way he destroyed the eyes of one, a fellow man."
Karma, reference #3:
[AG 114:19-50, Jesus]
Many sailors had drowned in a storm. A lawyer asked Jesus,
"If God rules the worlds and all that in them is, did he not bring about this storm? did he not slay these men? Has he not brought this sore distress upon these people here? and was it done to punish them for some crimes? And we remember well when once a band of earnest Jews from Galilee were in Jerusalem, and at a feast and were, for fancied crimes against Roman Law, cut down within the very temple court by Pontious Pilate; and their blood became their sacrifice. Did God bring on this slaughter all because these men were doubly vile? And then we bring to mind that once a tower called Siloam graced the defenses of Jerusalem, and, seemingly, without a cause, it tottered and it fell to earth and eighteen men were killed. Were these men vile? and were they slain as punishment for some great crime?
"And Jesus said,
"We cannot look upon a single span of life and judge of anything. There is a law that men must recognize: Result depends upon cause. Men are not motes to float about within the air of one short life, and then be lost in nothingness. They are undying parts of the eternal whole that come and go, lo, many times into the air of earth and of the great beyond just to unfold the God-like self.
"A cause may be a part on one brief life; results may not be noted till another life. The cause of your results cannot be found within my life, nor can the cause of my results be found in yours. I cannot reap except I sow and I must reap whate'er I sow, the law of all eternities is know to master minds: Whatever men do unto other men, the judge and executioner will do unto them. We do not note the execution of this law among the sons of men. We note the weak dishonored, trampled on and slain by those men call the strong. We note that men with wood-like heads are seated in chairs of state; are kings and judges, senators and priests, while men with giant intellects are scavengers about the streets... the sense of justice cries aloud: This is a travesty on right.
"So when men see no further than one little span of life it is no wonder they say, There is no God, or if there is a God he is a tyrant and should die. If you would judge aright of human life, you must arise and stand upon the crest of time and note the thoughts and deeds of men as they have come up through the ages past..... and now we look; the men who now are slaves were tyrants once; the men who now are tyrants have been slaves. The men who suffer now, once stood aloft and shouted with a fiend's delight while others suffered at their hands.
"And men are sick, and halt, and lame, and blind because they once transgressed the laws of perfect life, and every law of God must be fulfilled. Man may seem to escape the punishment that seems but due for his misdoings in this life; but every deed and thought has its own metes and bounds, is cause, and has is own results, and if a wrong be done, the doer of the wrong must make it right."
Karma, reference #4:
Setting: Sermon on the Mount:
[AG 95:26-28, Jesus]
"Woe to the cruel and relentless man; he is himself the victim of his deeds. The evil he would do to other men rebounds; the scourger is the scourged. Woe to the libertine who preys upon the virtues of the weak. The hour comes when he will be the weak, the victim of a libertine of greater power."
Reincarnation (and Karma) reference #5
[AG 37: 9-20, Jesus]
9) One day Ajainin sat with
Jesus in the temple porch; a band of wandering singers and musicians paused
before the court to sing and play.
10) Their music was most rich and delicate, and Jesus said,
Among the high-bred people of the land we hear no sweeter music than that these uncouth children of the wilderness bring here to us.
11) From whence this talent and this power? In one short life they surely could not gain such grace of voice, such knowledge of the laws of harmony and tone.
12) Men call them prodigies. There are no prodigies. All things result from natural law.
13) These people are not young. A thousand years would not suffice to give them such divine expressiveness, and such purity of voice and touch.
14) Ten thousand years ago these people mastered harmony. In days of old they trod the busy thoroughfares of life, and caught the melody of birds, and played on harps of perfect form.
15) And they have come again to learn still other lessons from the varied notes of manifests.
16) These wandering people form a part of heaven's orchestra, and in the land of perfect things the very angels will delight to hear them play and sing.
Karma Reference #6
[AG 43: 1-9, Jesus]
THE ruined Babylon was
near, and Jesus and the sage went through her gates and walked among her fallen
2) They trod the streets where Israel once was held in base captivity.
3) They saw where Judah's sons and daughters hung their harps upon the willows, and refused to sing.
4) They saw where Daniel and the Hebrew children stood as living witnesses of faith.
5) And Jesus lifted up his hands and said,
Behold the grandeur of the works of man!
6) The king of Babylon destroyed the temple of the Lord in old Jerusalem; he burned the holy city, bound in chains my people and my kin, and brought them here as slaves.
7) But retribution comes; for whatsoever men shall do to other men the righteous Judge will do to them.
8) The sun of Babylon has gone down; the songs of pleasure will be heard no more within her walls.
9) And every kind of creeping thing and unclean bird will, in these ruins, find their homes.
-------There are other references to karma in The Aquarian Gospel.
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